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ADVISORY BOARD - 2019-2020


Aditya Jha

Order of Canada recipient Aditya Jha is a rare combination of a philanthropist and a serial entrepreneur His software company, Isopia Inc was a major acquisition by Sun Microsystems Inc., USA. His private charitable foundation (www.poafoundation.org) has fourteen endowments (for scholarships) and five grants (for entrepreneurship) at five universities/colleges and has supported numerous charitable projects in Canada, India and Nepal. He is CEO of dgMarket International Inc., USA. and was conferred Honorary Doctorate (2009) by Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Business Management. He is honoured into Champions of Public Education in Canada Hall of Fame (2013) by The Learning Partnership. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Aditya has been honoured twice by ICCC – first in 2004 in the Technology Achievement category and then in 2014 for Lifetime Achievement. Aditya was an Adjunct Faculty (National University of Singapore, 1989-94) and been invited speaker at several internationally recognized Business schools. His approach to philanthropy is featured in the Economist Intelligence Unit (Economist magazine, UK).

Akhil Tyagi

Akhil Tyagi is Area Director for Asia & AustralAsia – Infrastructure, at the International Trade Programs Division, Ontario Ministry of International Trade. Working with the Ministry, Akhil has contributed to increase the export capabilities of several Ontario companies and led key trade missions to India that generated business opportunities for Ontario manufacturers and service providers. Akhil specializes in growth strategies with focus on globalization and in raising capital from domestic and international markets. Akhil held several senior management and business development positions with leading engineering companies in India, among which are: Regional Manager, NEG Micon, and Zonal Manager, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd., an Indian market leader in its sector. Akhil is a Mechanical Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Ashwin Joshi

Dr. Ashwin Joshi is Associate Professor, Marketing and Director, MBA Program, Schulich School of Business. Having completed his PhD in 1993, Dr. Ashwin Joshi began his academic career at the University of Winnipeg, followed by stints at St. Mary’s University and at the University of Calgary.  He joined the faculty of the Schulich School of Business, York University in 1999.  Since that time, Ashwin has taught across a wide range of programs within the School, including the BBA, Masters of Management, Master of Business Analytics, MBA, IMBA, EMBA, and the Phd Program. Relationship building is a key theme in his research and consulting practice.


Atul Tolia
Dr. Atul Tolia is the Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and specialist in Diagnostic Radiology. He was a professor at the Faculty of the University of Toronto in Diagnostic Imaging as a specialist in Neuro, Cardiac, Vascular, and Interventional Radiology and is private practice of Diagnostic Radiology. Atul is the founding member of the board of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Canada, the Indo-Canadian Cultural Club, and founding executive vice president of the Canadian National Organization of Physicians from India (CAPI), the Canada India Foundation and several other bilateral organizations, including World Literacy of Canada. Her Worship, Hazel McCallion, the mayor of Mississauga recently presented him with an award for excellence in the cultural arts patronship and leadership at the MOSAIC Arts festival.

Joseph Selvaraj Savier

Mr. Joseph Selvaraj Savier, President & CEO, SBI Canada Bank has a master’s in management and a diploma in International Banking and Finance. He has over 30 years of banking experience, in India, Panama, USA. His experience covers retail banking, international banking, treasury, training, risk management and corporate governance. Earlier, he was Dy. General Manager (Treasury Marketing Group), Global Markets at State Bank of India, Corporate Centre, Mumbai wherein he handled SBI’s treasury relationship with corporate clients, financial institutions, Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) and Foreign Direct Investors (FDI) ably assisted by a team of over 70 Relationship Managers. As CFO & Secretary, State Bank of India (California), Los Angeles, he managed a team of professionals from US and India engaged in the areas of Accounting, ALM, Treasury, Financial Reporting, Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Performance Management and Risk Management. He was also the Corporate Secretary to the Board. In SBI, he was involved in the design and execution of two of the landmark HR initiatives called ‘Parivartan’ and 'Aarohan' that impacted more than 200,000 employees of SBI.

Ramesh Chotai

Ramesh Chotai was born in Northern Uganda and pursued his education in Britain completed his training as pharmacist in U.K. and Switzerland. He returned to Uganda and joined ICI Pharmaceuticals (U.K.) as CEO. Ramesh came to Canada in 1972 and started as a pharmacist/manager at an Oshawa pharmacy. He started Bromed Pharmaceuticals in 1976, Bromed is committed to providing high quality, innovative & cost-effective healthcare products. He served as President – Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre, Mississauga, Vice President – Canadian Museum of Hindu Civilization, Chairperson Canada India Foundation and Co-Chair Trillium Hospital Foundation where he raised $600,000.00. Mr. Chotai is recipient of Ontario Govt’s voluntary service award and ICCC’s President’s Award in 2004 and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award.


Reetu Gupta

Ms. Reetu Gupta is President and CEO of the Easton’s Group of Hotels, Canada’s largest private hotel development firm and The Gupta Group, as well as the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Rogue Insight Capital Ltd. Born and raised into the world of Real Estate and Hospitality, Reetu has a fiery passion for both industries. After graduating with an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, Reetu’s career quickly progressed from Executive Director to being named C.O.O. in 2015. In 2012 Reetu Gupta created and launched The Gupta Group- the residential real estate arm of the company consisting of High-Rise Condo multi use developments. She is also the Chief Strategy Officer of Rogue Insight Capital Ltd., a division of the Gupta Group that launched in Fall of 2017 that focuses on angel investing. In June 2017, Reetu was honoured with the distinction of Canada's Top 40 Under 40®. Reetu also sits on several boards and also chairs many committees. Reetu is also the Founder and President of The Shakti Society.
Shanthi Johnson

Shanthi Johnson Professor & Dean, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, is a leader in the fields of health promotion and healthy aging. An internationally renowned researcher with multidisciplinary perspective, she has led significant research and has secured notable grants. She has delivered more than 300 presentations and is the author of over 150 peer reviewed articles and reports in prestigious journals such as the Lancet. Johnson has played a key leadership role as associate dean in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina (2008–2014). She has served on various boards and was the President of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.


Surjit Babra

Mr. Surjit Babra is a Serial Entrepreneur. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of SkyLink Capital (Investment group) and  SkyLink Group of Companies Inc. Mr. Babra, along with his partners, built and sold Dollar rent-a-Car Master Rights in Canada, SkyLink Aviation, a global aviation company, SkyLink Travel Group, SkyLink Express. After exiting from these companies, his new investment (in 2014) is in Highbury Canco Corp, a large food  manufacturing company in Leamington Ont. 

Mr. Babra is a recipient of many awards, including Mother Teresa Humanitarian of the Year Award, B'nai Birth Canada's "Award of Merit", Gulland Excellence Award, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Transformation Enterprise Award, "World Travel Mart" Award in the UK, and many more. Mr. Babra is well known for his philanthropic activities and helps children through his "SkyLink Children's Charity".


Venki Raman

A banker by profession, Venki Raman is a motivational speaker who mentors newcomers to Canada. He is passionate about the upliftment of the youth, and constantly contributes his time and energy for the betterment of the underprivileged and hospitals. 

Over the past 17 years Venki has led several large teams successfully delivering high customer satisfaction, coupled with strong business results. Venki's motivational leadership style of his current team of over 250 people, is reflected in the enthusiasm and passion with which his team members help clients achieve "what matters" to them. Venki's personal mission is to "kindle the human spirit" in every person he encounters - personally, in business and in the community. Venki's motivational leadership style travels beyond his team, to newcomers whom he motivates and guides in career planning. Most recently, Venki participated in mentoring sessions through the United Way guiding newcomers to look beyond their obstacles and focus on their strengths, to make themselves highly marketable.

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